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FCAC and Moondani Balluk at VU present Black Screen — Short, Sweet and Deadly


Join us for our final Black Screen event for 2018: an evening of short films celebrating Indigenous filmmakers, curated by filmmaker John Harvey of Brown Cabs (Spear). Films include Brown Lips (Nakkiah Lui), Blight (Perun Bonser) and Last Drinks at Frida’s (Kodie Bedford, Bjorn Stewart), Water (John Harvey). The films were part of Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department’s Pitch Short Blacks initiative.

There will be a post-screening conversation with Tasia Zalar (Blight), John Harvey (Water) moderated by Kerri-Lee Harding.

WHEN: Tuesday 23 October, arrive 6pm for a 6:30pm start
VENUE: FCAC Performance Space
COST: Free
 Rated R for language and violence


Program information: 

Brown Lips (2017)
Written and Directed by Nakkiah Lui
Run time: 12 minutes
Two cousins from Sydney’s western suburbs decide that the only way to feel loved, is to turn their backs on their family for good.

Blight (2017)
Written and Directed by Perun Bonser
Run time: 12 minutes 30 seconds
Set in the early 20th century on Australia’s western frontier, a police Constable hunts down a band of dangerous criminals aided by a young, female Aboriginal tracker.

Last Drinks at Frida’s (2017)
Written by Kodie Bedford
Directed by Bjorn Stewart
Run time: 12 minutes 22 seconds
Sydney, 1944. A lonely married jazz singer and a troubled Indigenous soldier find solace in an underground speak easy, where the rules of the outside world don’t apply.

Water (2017)
Written and Directed by John Harvey
Run Time: 12 minutes 35 seconds
Under strict population control measures, Layla faces the reality of her unregistered pregnancy.


Tasia Zalar
Tasia Zalar 2

Tasia can currently be seen in ABC’s mini-series Mystery Road as series regular Shevorne. She is best known for her riveting drama performances as a series regular on the Matchbox Pictures/SBS miniseries The Straits, and her recurring role seen in ABCs The Warriors, an eight-part Indigenous comedy/drama series for Arenamedia and ABC Television. The series is the brainchild of Tony Briggs (The Sapphires) and Robert Connolly (Paper Planes, Barracuda). Tasia is also a winner of the Best Actor Award at the St Kilda Film Festival for her leading role in Darlene Johnson’s short film Bluey. The film was nominated for Best Short Film at the AACTA Awards, and won Best Direction in a Short Film at the Australian Directors Guild Awards. The film also enjoyed a successful Australian and international festival run.

John Harvey
John Harvey
John Harvey is the Creative Director of Brown Cabs, an FCAC company-in-residence. He is a producer, director and writer working across both screen and stage. He wrote and directed the short film Water. In 2018, John directed his debut theatre show A Little Piece of Heaven. In 2017 he wrote the Green Room Nominated stage play Heart is a Wasteland presented to widespread acclaim at Malthouse Theatre. John produced Spear premiering at Toronto International Film Festival, he was producer on the Sand as part of The Turning feature film. He has collaborated with numerous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander directors to produce several Indigenous short films. He has written and directed numerous documentaries for ABC and NITV. He’s currently in post-production on a documentary and web series.

Kerri-Lee Harding
Kerri-Lee Harding
Kerri-Lee is a Wulgurukabah- Juru and KOA woman and Kerri-Lee’s media career began at ABC Radio 774 ABC Melbourne in 1998 as a radio cadet broadcaster and since then has worked across community in a variety of Multimedia roles including currently at 3CR Radio as a radio producer and presenter. Kerri-Lee keeps busy with other media work including work as a writer, researcher, narrator, photographer and a short film producer and director.

Presented in partnership with Moondani Balluk at Victoria University as part of FCAC’s Indigenous Cultural Program.

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1- Still from Water (2017). Image courtesy of Eric Murray Lui.
2- Still from Brown Lips (2017).
3- Still from Blight (2017).
4- Still from Last Drinks at Frida’s (2017). 

Date & Times

Start: Tuesday, 23 October 2018 7:00 am

End: Tuesday, 23 October 2018 9:30 am


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